When Gary Shaw came into the MMA world, many people were worried that he was a crooked sideshow carny who would suck the life out of MMA. But like any successful parasite knows, you want to slowly bleed your host over time rather than kill them outright. So while EliteXC is looking pretty good right now, I still don’t completely trust Gary Shaw. There have just been too many warning signs.
One of the main issues I have with EliteXC is they seem to snap up every bad news fighter out there. They bailed Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett out of jail to try and get him to one of their events. And now they’ve re-signed Nick Diaz and signed Kimbo Slice to their roster.
Diaz of course is best known for trouncing Takanori Gomi while high out of his tree. He’s possibly one of the biggest stoners in the MMA world, and thats saying quite a bit considering how bong-happy most jiu-jitsu guys are.
Kimbo Slice is what’s known as a felony fighter … that means he fights guys in parking lots and back alleys for money. Sure he’s gone straight now and sure he looks like the spawn of Shaft and a gorilla … it doesn’t change the fact that he’s famous for illegal brawling.
I can’t pretend all of these guys are evil or don’t deserve to be allowed to fight. God knows I’ve probably smoked a few pounds worth of Mary Jane over the years, and I ran a fight club out of the basement of a club for a few years. Fuck, I’ve even done most of the things Krazy Horse is in trouble for … the only difference is I’m much better at getting away with it. But the fact that EliteXC seems to be booking all the bad news fighters out there sets off warning flags for me.
I’m still shocked that EliteXC didn’t lock up Babalu Sobral the second Dana White sacrificed him to the press gods. My bet is they were waiting for the furor to die down a little bit before getting in there. It’s too bad other less scrupulous promotions got to him before then. Those contracts aren’t exclusive though, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Babalu showed up in Shaw’s promotion down the road.